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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.
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Ames, IA

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Iowa PR

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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

Twitter:

@IPRTalk

Language:

English

Contact:

2111 Grand Avenue, Suite 100 Des Moines, IA 50312 866 780 9100


Episodes

Theme Nights at the Symphony

2/19/2018
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Many symphony orchestras are branching out in an effort to attract new music fans. Even if someone has never been to a orchestra concert before, they might want to go to Harry Potter Night at the Des Moines Symphony or enjoy an evening of “A Night of Symphonic Rock” as interpreted by Orchestra Iowa. “I think it’s wonderful,” says Des Moines Symphony music director Joseph Giunta. “I think it’s a great way to expand audiences, and I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with your community.”...

Duration:00:30:56

Caring for Orchids

2/16/2018
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Orchids are beautiful, fragile, and extremely popular. As appealing as they are, the idea of growing orchids can be a bit intimidating. Proper watering is key. Aaron Steil, assistant director of Reiman Gardens, recommends against ice cube irrigation. "If ice is always on the plant or if there's a lot of ice on the plant a lot of the time, that medium is never allowed to dry out completely," Steil says. It is important for orchids to get as dry as possible, without becoming bone dry, before...

Duration:00:49:22

Photographer Mike Weber on the Iowa Music Scene

2/16/2018
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Photographer Mike Weber has been photographing Iowa musicians at live shows for the last eight years. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks to Weber about his photography, the Iowa music scene, and his upcoming exhibit at Raygun in Cedar Rapids March 1-8. Weber is passionate about providing an accurate representation of Iowa’s music culture through his photography. He wants to see more photographers coming out to local shows. “Photography is like music or any other...

Duration:00:17:42

Iowa Band 'The Nadas' Talk About Their 11th Studio Album

2/15/2018
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The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was founded in 1997 in Arnold’s Park, Iowa. Just over 10 years old, the hall has named a number of prominent Iowa musicians, music lovers and promoters to be a part of its legacy. Every year, there is a vote to induct people who have made a significant contribution to music in Iowa. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy Stanbro, executive director of the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association, about the hall and about this...

Duration:00:30:55

Valentine's Day in the Animal Kingdom

2/14/2018
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This Valentine’s Day, while many humans woo potential mates with chocolate, flowers or other tokens, there are a number of other species that are also in the mood for love. Eagles are nesting, barn owls are calling, cardinals are singing, and love is in the air. On this hour of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe sits down with wildlife biologist Jim Pease to talk about mating calls and other wooing habits of the animal kingdom.

Duration:00:48:23

Storytellers Sharing Stories: Meet the Journalists Heard on IPR

2/13/2018
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On this edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe goes behind the scenes to get to know some personalities behind the news and discussions on Iowa Public Radio. Nebbe talks with statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell, producer and host Dennis Reese, and River to River host Ben Kieffer about how they got into public radio, some of the most valuable experiences in their careers, and how they have seen radio change. Russell began her career in news radio in the 1980s in her home state of...

Duration:00:39:47

Remembering WOI's Don Forsling

2/12/2018
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Long time Iowa broadcaster and public radio pioneer Don Forsling passed away February 6th at the age of 80. He had a radio career that spanned more than 50 years. Nearly forty of those years were spent at WOI radio in Ames, now part of the Iowa Public Radio network. Forsling held a number of different positions at WOI including station manager, but he is best known as the original host of Talk of Iowa and a morning variety show called, The Morning Report . Former colleagues gathered on the...

Duration:00:51:33

Linguist Who Developed Game of Thrones Languages Coming to Ames

2/12/2018
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In the process of inventing a fantasy world, sometimes characters need a whole new language. And that language can bring so much more to the story than just acoustic flavor. "The moment you create a word, it assumes so much about the world where this language is spoken," says David Peterson, the linguist who developed the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO's Game of Thrones. " If you create a word for book, it assumes that whoever speaks this language has the concept of a book, has a...

Duration:00:17:39

A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World

2/9/2018
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For Nate Staniforth, a coin trick was his gateway to magic. He was 9-years-old and living in Ames. "I just was captivated by the idea that I could perfect this and make it look like I made a coin disappear. That's all I wanted." So, he did the trick on the playground. "The kids didn't laugh. They didn't clap. They just started shrieking and ran away." The teacher on playground duty came over and demanded that Staniforth show her what upset all the other kids. So, he did. "And I will...

Duration:00:49:23

Legendary Iowa Broadcaster and Radio Pioneer Don Forsling Passes Away

2/8/2018
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Long time Iowa broadcaster and public radio pioneer Don Forsling passed away this week. “I like my coffee black, like my soul.” That was one of Don Forsling’s favorite one liners. Radio listeners loved him for his wry sense of humor and deadpan delivery. He had a radio career that spanned more than 50 years, nearly forty of those years were spent at WOI radio in Ames, now part of the Iowa Public Radio network. Forsling held a number of different positions at WOI including station manager,...

Duration:00:03:58

Saving International Adoption: Mark Montgomery and Irene Powell

2/8/2018
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International adoption hit an all time low in 2o15, with adoption rates down by more than half since 2004. Yet around the world, millions of orphaned and vulnerable children need permanent homes, and thousands of American and European families are eager to take them in. Why is the current system of international adoption collapsing? During this Talk of Iowa interview, Mark Montgomery and Irene "Tinker" Powell talk with host Charity Nebbe about their new book Saving International Adoption:...

Duration:00:30:50

New Documentary Highlights Land Access Issues for Young Farmers

2/7/2018
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The average American farmer is 60 years old. That means that in the next decade, a lot of land in the country is going to be changing hands. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Graham Merriweather, director of a new documentary called Farmers for America , which features more than 20 farmers across the country. Chuck Wirtz is a row crop and livestock producer in West Bend, and he and his son are a part of the film. He and Kate Edwards, a farmer at Wild Woods...

Duration:00:48:07

Killer Choice: Tom Hunt

2/6/2018
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Imagine that the love of your life will certainly die soon from an aggressive cancerous brain tumor. There is a experimental treatment that has a good chance of treating it, but it's far too expensive. A strange man contacts you and says he will give you all the money you need. You just have to agree to kill a person that he wants dead. Author Tom Hunt's main character in Killer Choice , Gary Foster, must make this decision. Even in the process of trying to decide whether to do it, he has...

Duration:00:17:41

The Adventures of Team Super Tubie: Iowan Pens a Book for Kids with Feeding Tubes

2/6/2018
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When Kristin Meyer’s son Camden was two years old, he had a feeding tube inserted to make sure that he could get the nutrition he needed to survive and thrive. To help Camden and his three brothers to understand the tube, Meyer embraced the term "super tubie," which is a term the pediatric medical community uses to refer to kids with feeding tubes. This also gave Meyer an idea. “There really are not very many books where kids who have differences or disabilities or any medical conditions...

Duration:00:17:43

Elite Figure Skater Timothy LeDuc Encourages Athletes to 'Get Up'

2/6/2018
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Timothy LeDuc of Cedar Rapids has been dreaming of skating in the Olympics since he was a little kid. He says he used to tape U.S. Olympic figure skating on his VCR. He would re-watch it with his younger sister Leah until the tapes wore out. This year, he is an alternate for the U.S. figure skating pairs team with his partner, Ashley Cain. During this Talk of Iowa interview, LeDuc talks with host Charity Nebbe about how he got his start skating in Iowa and his decision to speak out in...

Duration:00:30:48

Valentine's Day Flower Care

2/2/2018
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More cut flowers are purchased on Valentine’s Day than on any other day of the year, in spite of the fact that the holiday falls in the dead of winter. When buying a bouquet, it can be hard to determine how best to care for cut flowers and make them last. Cindy Haynes, a horticulturalist from Iowa State University, has some tips for selecting cut flowers. “We like roses that are fairly tight in bud that are showing good color,” Haynes says. “Red roses and some of the darker colored roses...

Duration:00:49:22

Iowa Musician Wins International Blues Challenge in Memphis

2/1/2018
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Kevin "B.F." Burt of Coralville has been performing the blues for more than 20 years. He's beloved in Iowa, and has performed around the world. This month, he won three first place awards at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Burt about his humble solo performance origins at Baldy's Wraps in Iowa City, what it's like to be discovered after his performance in Memphis, and where he's focusing his energy next.

Duration:00:30:43

Drake's Jennifer Harvey on Raising White Kids in a Racially Unjust America

2/1/2018
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For white people who are committed to equity and justice, living in a nation that remains racially unjust and still deeply segregated creates unique challenges. These challenges begin early in life and impact the racial development of white children in powerful ways. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of the new book "Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America." (Abingdon Press) Harvey, a writer, speaker and...

Duration:00:49:23

Remaking the Music of Fred Rogers

1/31/2018
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A few years ago, jazz vocalist Keri Johnsrud was talking with another musician about the role of music in children's television programs. "We started talking about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and how the music in that program was so integral to the advancement of the stories and messages that he was telling on the program. And how jazz was especially was an important part of the show," she says. That led to recording and and the upcoming release of The Music of Fred Rogers , which is a...

Duration:00:17:58

Newsroom Romance: Davenport Author Hector Lareau Talks About His Two Book Series

1/31/2018
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During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with romance novelist Hector Lareau about his Newsroom Romance series. Lareau, a novelist and lawyer based in Davenport, draws on his experience in a Des Moines newsroom for his books Love. Local. Latebreaking. and Traffick Report . The high pressure newsroom environment inspired him to write romance. "When people are in pressure cookers, that’s when they have to grow in order to survive," Lareau says. "I think the newsroom is...

Duration:00:17:42

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